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All aboard – Pilgrims bus takes to the road in new charity partnership

Posted on 8 March 2013

Pilgrims Hospices is set to benefit from a new partnership with bus company Stagecoach East Kent after being named as its charity of the year.

The partnership was announced with the unveiling of a specially liveried Pilgrims Hospices bus at Westwood Cross shopping centre near Broadstairs.

The bus is in service on the Thanet Loop route but is expected to move to other parts of east Kent later in the year.

Speaking at the launch, Steve Auty, Pilgrims Chief Executive, said: “I’m sure the eye-catching livery of the bus will bring invaluable publicity for the hospices. I’m delighted Stagecoach has chosen to support us and we look forward to seeing its staff taking part in our fundraising events.

Strong reminder
“The bus will act as a strong reminder to people that their help can make so much difference to hospice patients by sponsoring our hard-working, caring and compassionate nurses.”

Steve said it was appropriate the bus prominently features pictures of Pilgrims nurses: “Eighty five per cent of our staff are nurses and today we are here not only to launch this bus but also the Sponsor A Nurse campaign. We couldn’t provide the excellent services we do without our nursing team.”

Paul Southgate, Managing Director of Stagecoach East Kent said: “We believe supporting our local community is extremely important. Our own staff put a great deal of effort into supporting local charities and good causes.

“Pilgrims has three hospices in areas where we have local depots. The lives of many of our employees and their families have already been touched by the important work the charity does.

“Although we are supporting Pilgrims Hospices as a charity, the partnership will in fact be very personal to a lot of our staff.”


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